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ESOL - English Speakers of Other Languages


Izell McGruder
Coordinator, Federal Programs - ESOL


English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a state-funded instructional program for eligible English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12 (Georgia School Law Code 1981, § 20-2-156, enacted in 1985). The Cherokee County ESOL program supports identified English learners with academic and social language development using the GaDOE standards-based curriculum and the WIDA Consortium English Language Development (ELD) standards.   Teachers differentiate assignments based on the student’s proficiency in English as determined by ACCESS 2.0.  ESOL and general education teachers use strategies to assist the students with language acquisition. Many teachers in the District have received training in Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP).

Please contact Izell McGruder, Administrator on Special Assignment for additional information at 770-704-4356 or Izell.McGruder@cherokeek12.net.


WIDA Consortium

Brain POP ESL – Please contact your child’s ESOL teacher for a username and password

Rosetta Stone – Newcomer students in grades 6-12 may have access to Rosetta Stone. Please contact your child’s ESOL teacher for a username and password.

Georgia Department of Education ESOL Program Information